Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Obama puts union strings on federal jobs

Delivering on President Obama's promise to boost the labor movement, the administration has announced a $35 million federal construction project in New Hampshire that requires union representation for the workers and forces nonunion employees to pay dues and contribute to a union pension fund.

Mr. Obama issued an executive order in the first weeks of his presidency that would make the requirement, known as a "project labor agreement" or PLA, the norm for all government contracts on large-scale construction jobs. The order is under review and a final rule is not expected for months, but that did not stop the Labor Department from rushing to use a PLA to build its new Job Corps Center in Manchester, N.H.

I hope the vast majority of Americans are watching, connecting all the dots as things like this are being forced upon us... we are in the midst of a sea-change like we've never seen and it's being done dot by dot by dot. We can't afford to go about our daily lives without looking outward and upward. One day all those who are working hard to ignore the outside world of politics, the changes being enacted by Congress and those in Washington, are going to wake up and find out their little cocoon has been breached and it may be too late to protect the contents, their lifestyle, their family values... Doesn't matter where you stand politically, it's time to get involved.

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